8 Netflix Original Series Based on Books

As Netflix continues to grow, the company has been able to add more of their own original programming to their streaming service. Do you know which of your favorite shows started out as books before being adapted into television series for Netflix?

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher – When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.

Anne with an E (Anne of Green Gables) by Lucy Maud Montgomery – Anne, an 11-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso – The founder of “Nasty Gal” fashion shares a manifesto for ambitious young women that explains how to channel personal passion and energy while overcoming insecurities, outlining advice on doing work and garnering recognition.

Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy – In the wake of a young girl’s brutal murder in the woods near an abandoned Pennsylvania steel mill, suspicions surround an escapee from a local biotech facility, a cold-blooded aristocrat and young gypsy who claims to be a werewolf, two of whom reluctantly team up to prove their innocence.

House of Cards by Michael Dobbs – Political mover and shaker Frank Urquhart, willing to do whatever he must to become prime minister, butts heads with Mattie Storin, a tenacious young reporter who has a knack for uncovering the real stories behind the headlines.

The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories Series) by Bernard Cornwell – Captured and raised by Danes in the ninth century, dispossessed nobleman Uhtred witnesses the unexpected defeat of his adoptive Viking clan by Alfred of Wessex and longs to recover his father’s land.

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman – Follows the author’s incarceration for drug trafficking, during which she gained a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and met a varied community of women living under exceptional circumstances.

Photo Collections at JMRL

portraitsAs children the books we read include pictures and illustrations, but as we move on to more mature reading material the images begin to disappear until they exist only on the book’s cover. If you’re a fan of photography and yearn to once again flip through a book filled with pictures, check out one of these collections from the shelves of your local library to discover famous and fantastic photographic images from the comfort of a cozy chair:

Portraits by Steve McCurry – An intriguing collection of 255 un-posed and engaging color portraits of people from all backgrounds and corners of the globe by an award-winning photographer includes the famous “Afghan Girl” photograph and equally memorable images ranging from a bejeweled Indian bride to a Paraguayan cowboy.

Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel – Presents over eighty underwater portraits of canine pals, each with their own unique personalities depicted in the bubbles, paws in mid-paddle, and billowing ears that reveal themselves beneath the surface of the water.

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton – A photographic census of New York City, inspired by the blog of the same name, showcases 400 photos and stories that capture the outsized personalities of New York and pay tribute to the human side of a great city.

National Geographic Stunning Photographs compiled by Annie Griffiths – A curated collection of the most striking nature photographs from National Geographic photographers, from animal migrations and landscape panoramas to natural disasters and animal portraiture.

Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday by Jordan Matter – Collects pictures of dancers striking poses in everyday places and while doing everyday things, including in libraries, on subway platforms, at restaurants, and on beaches. Continue reading


geographyofblissWhen we can’t leave home but our minds yearn to get out and explore, books are the ultimate escape. Fulfill your wanderlust and let these books do the traveling for you:

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Place in the World by Eric Weiner – Draws on the author’s experiences as a foreign correspondent to evaluate more than three dozen countries for their happiness potential, in a survey that includes profiles of such locales as the American shores, glacial Iceland, and the Bhutan jungles.

Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer – Offers a tour of the world’s most unique and amazing places, highlighting natural wonders, weird and magical structures, and mind-boggling events from around the globe, from New Zealand to Turkmenistan to Virginia.

AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller – An account of the author’s 2003 thru-hike along the entire 2,172 miles from Georgia to Maine. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about safety and proper gear, with a view into a professional hiker’s preparations and tenacity.

The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett – Three friends at a crossroads in their twenties quit their high pressure New York media jobs, leave their friends and everything familiar behind, and embark on a year-long backpacking adventure around the world.

No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach by Anthony Bourdain – The host of the Travel Channel series “No Reservations” provides a behind-the-scenes account of his global culinary adventures, from New Jersey to New Zealand, offering commentary on food in every corner of the globe. Continue reading